How to kill a discipline: Worship the theorists, diss the implementors & the evaluators!

Michael Scriven

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A blast from the past that has not lost its relevance, and that comes back to me again and again.

I did love Michael Scriven’s analysis in his 2013 keynote to the Australasian Evaluation Society in Brisbane, where he remarked that the academic theorists are always considered the high priests of any discipline; the

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Time for evaluation to ‘take the core’ of the social sciences – Scriven’s battle plan!

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Michael Scriven was in fine form today, keynoting at the Australasian Evaluation Society conference in Brisbane, Australia. So hilarious it may have looked like a bit of fun to some, but this is deadly serious, change-the-world stuff!

Right now, he says, the elite “inner circle” in the social sciences are the people working on

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AES keynote Prof Trisha Greenhalgh slams govt leaders’ notions of “scientific” evaluation

A warm and informative welcome this morning from the indigenous Kaurna people was followed by a brilliant keynote from Dr. Trisha Greenhalgh, Professor of Primary Health Care and Director of Healthcare Innovation and Policy Unit in the Centre for Health Sciences at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. Trisha talked about “the good, the bad, and the ugly” of evaluating e-health programmes in Britain. She had strong words about “gagging order” clauses in evaluation contracts, as well as government client uses of the “5 D’s” in response to evaluation findings they don’t care for: deny, denigrate, dismiss, distract, distort.

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Beyond financial accountability, interactive teaching of evaluation, why does selecting a method have to be so hard – and more

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The program for this year’s conference of the Australasian Evaluation Society is out – and I’m already having a hard time trying to choose sessions.

Some of the presentations that caught my eye include:

 

Beyond Financial Accountability: Results Based Accountability and Making a Difference for Clients of Social Services in New Zealand Anne

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Learning actionable evaluation tools and methodologies – Jane Davidson in Adelaide!

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This week I was talking with a colleague who is currently reviewing draft evaluation reports. She has been trying to explain to the authors that a useful evaluation report is not just about reporting a few indicators, nor a data dump item by item from a questionnaire, but a coherent set of answers to

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